Whit Women's Tennis Team Locks Leopards in 9-0 Cage
News Release Date:
Sunday, February 19
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College registered its first women's tennis victory of the season in resounding fashion with a 9-0 shellacking of La Verne in a Sunday evening neutral-court match at the Courthouse Tennis Club in Salem, Ore.
Whitman, now 1-2 on the season, swept through the nine officials matches in doubles and singles and also posted victories in seven exhibition matches.
La Verne, slipping to 3-2 on the season, competes as part of the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Leopards beat George Fox 5-2 on Saturday and then dropped a 5-4 squeaker to Willamette earlier in the day on Sunday.
Junior Alyssa Roberg and first-year teammate Courtney Lawless got the win at No. 1 doubles, beating Allison Moncrief and Laina Matsuda by an 8-4 count.
Senior Emily Rolston teamed with Morgan Lawless, also a first-year player, for a quick 8-1 victory over Tarika Krishnamurthy and Carly Tucker at No. 2 doubles.
Two more rookie Missionaries, Erin Minuth and Maddy Webster, also won 8-1, rolling past Valerie Lezin and Justine Ledesma in the No. 3 slot.
Three of the six matches in singles went to three sets.
Rolston rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Moncrief at No. 3 singles while senior Lizzy Schiller bounced back for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tucker at No. 4.
Minuth won at No. 6, turning back Arielle Montielh 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Courtney Lawless at No. 1 singles and junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson at No. 2 worked overtime to take their first sets.
Lawless then finished a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Matsuda while Kunkel-Patterson downed Krishnamurthy by the same score. Webster rolled to an easy 6-0, 6-1 win over Lezin at No. 5.
Senior Charlotte Scott, sophomores Hadley Scherer, Olivia Bates and Maggie Eismeier, and first-year Sara Finkleman picked off pro-set exhibition match victories in singles.
In doubles exhibitions, Finkelman and Kunkel-Patterson pocked one victory while Scott and Bates added another.
The Missionaries stay in Salem on Monday for a 12:30 p.m. NWC match against Willamette.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org